It’s nonfiction, memoir style I guess. I’ve never done this. I’ve written ebooks for marketing–about 30 pages or so. At first it was so daunting but then, fortunately, an acquaintance of mine connected me with a writer named Susan, in Maine with whom I meet by phone.
She has written a book and her new one is about grief. She lost a brother. Her advice has been so valuable. And given that it’s a two-way street, I’m helping her start to market herself because that’s my expertise.
There are a lot of other things I need to do to get integrated into the writing community but at least I took that step.
Charles will be my co-author because I will be using some of his songs in the book. Some published, some you’ve never seen before.
The purpose is to illustrate the inner thoughts and feelings of someone who suffers thoughts of suicide, addiction and depression. I did not know the level of self awareness he had, particularly with the drug abuse in his early years and the drug addiction in the last 6-9 months of his life (I’m not sure exactly how long he was addicted.) I am hoping it will help you understand the “why?” because it has helped me understand that. And I think that a lot of the “whys” are universal.
The one thing that is important to know is that I want the book to give you hope, help you forgive yourself and allow you to see things from the point of view of someone who lived with this.
It will not be all sadness. It will not be all blog posts cobbled together. It will not be really long.
I might come on this site and complain, obsess, vent my insecurities, beg for encouragement or ask your opinion from time to time. I am maybe 1/3 through the first draft? Not sure really. It won’t be called Emotionally Naked but it will be all of that. Because that’s how I roll.